Scrapbooking, Hobby, Craft or Art-form?

Scrapbooking, Hobby, Craft or Art-form?

Still feeling a wee bit feeble after yesterdays ‘episode‘, so not sure I’m going to be able to make any earth shattering posts. (which begs the question, ‘have I done any yet?’)…Ah well. Onward.

Prowling online looking for something interesting to write about and I came across this beautiful post on the nature of scrapbooking. Is it a hobby? Is it a craft? Artform? It can certainly fall into all three and possibly more categories.

The Italian poet and novelist Cesare Pavese said, “We do not remember days, we remember moments. The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.” For many, scrapbooking is the most authentic way to preserve these memories in a way no one will ever forget.

Ancestry and Beyond

A scrapbook is a unique way to show where we come from. It shows an individual’s perspective and gives a glimpse into the time period in which it was created. Scrapbooking has been around for centuries, and for many families, these ‘memory pages’ have been handed down for generations.

Modern scrapbooking usually includes high-resolution photos, specialty die cuts and helpful machinery, but the idea is still the same: personalized memory preservation.

Staying Current

Digital technology has taken photo sharing to levels never before imagined. So is scrapbooking still important? For those that ‘scrap,’ the answer is a resounding yes.

Scrapbooks can be safely stored and passed down from one generation to the next. Digital media, on the other hand, can be unreliable. From computer crashes to new social networks sprouting up all the time, your most important memories may not be reliably preserved digitally.

Scrapbook Therapy 

For some, scrapbooking has been used as a therapeutic method. In fact, some individuals struggling with an illness are encouraged to use scrapbooking as a form of release from their day-to-day ailments and as a way to focus their creative energy into something worthwhile.

Brody Chapman, a 13 year old undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia, took up scrapbooking during his treatments. His mother said, “It is a great outlet for him; he put down his feelings on paper.” After his profound experience with scrapbooking, he made it his special mission to distribute free scrapbooking kits to other children undergoing treatment. (Story here).

A Worthwhile Pursuit

Henry David Thoreau said, “Of what significance are the things you can forget?” Scrapbooking really comes down to preserving the most important memories so that their significance does not fade over time. Source here

I was especially moved by the section on scrapbook therapy. Perhaps because I can relate with my recent health kerfuffle? Having scrapbooking in your life (for whatever reason you choose to pursue it) is definitely worthwhile in my opinion.

And so, my question to you is….why do you scrapbook? Leave your comments below.

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